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Gnomeo and Juliette: Valentine’s Gnomes!

 

Materials:

You will need the following for each gnome:

One patterned crew style sock in an adult size: For the gnome’s hat you will need a sock that comes up past the heel like a crew sock or a knee high sock (ankle or no show socks will not work). You can buy a holiday specific sock, like one with hearts on it for Valentine’s, but be aware that the sock will be turned upside down once it’s on the gnome. That means stripes or polka dots or other geometric patterns work really well.

One solid sock in an adult size: You can use any type of sock is fine for gnome’s body. I got mine from the dollar store.

A 4×4 inch piece of faux fur: You can find this at a craft/fabric store. I used fur from Joann’s.

One wood bead, 1.25 inches

One 9 inch tall foam cone: You can find these at a craft store or in the craft section at Walmart. You can use either the white styrofoam cones or the green floral cones. They’ll be 9 inches tall and about 4 inches wide at the bottom.

Hot Glue Gun

 

Optional Supplies: You may also want a holiday specific decoration, like a heart shaped button. The cheapest way to add holiday flair is to buy a sheet of colored felt and just cut out a heart or shamrock, etc., then glue it on the hat.

You also may want to use your sewing machine to make the hat. You can either sew or glue the hat together, whichever you prefer.

 

Procedure

 

 

Step 1: Cut off the bottom (toe part) of a solid colored sock, just past the heel (as shown below). Pull the sock over the bottom of the cone and pull it up so it covers the lower 5 inches of the cone. Use hot glue to secure the top of the sock to the cone.

 

Step 2: Cut out a beard from fur. It’s easiest to draw the beard shape on the back of the fur as seen below. Cut the beard about 3.25 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide. When cutting fur, you DO NOT want to just use scissors and cut it out like you would any other fabric because then the fur along the edges of the beard will be very short. To make sure you get the long “beard” effect on the fur, you have two options. First, you can use a razor blade or exacto knife and cut from the back of the fur, cutting through the backing only. Second, you can use sharp scissors, but you’ll want to cut with the back of the fur facing you, and slide the bottom of your scissor through the fur very close to the backing. Your goal is to just cut the backing, not any of the fur itself.

 

Place the beard on the sock at the 4.5 inch mark, or halfway up the cone. Hot glue the beard to the sock.

 

Step 3: Hot glue a bead onto the beard as shown below. Note that the bead is only touching beard, not sock.

Step 4: Make the hat. Turn the patterned sock inside out. If sewing, pin a diagonal line as you see below, then sew along it and trim about 1/2 an inch away from the line you sewed. I used a serger here, but a regular sewing machine works just fine. Just set the stitch length a bit longer than normal and try not to stretch the sock as you sew.

Alternately, if you don’t want to sew, you can mark a diagonal line as you see below. Cut about 1/2 an inch to the right of it. Glue the right sides of the sock together along the cut line.

 

Step 5. Turn the sock right side out, then place it over top of the cone as a hat. The sock will stick to the cone as you place it on, so it will take a minute to pull it on. Watch the video to see the easiest way to do this.

All that’s left is to decorate the hat as desired. I purchased a 50 cent sheet of craft foam and cut out hearts, which I then glued onto the hats to make Valentine gnomes.

 

 

Here are the printable instructions for this adorable Valentine craft!